Abraham // Main Street

The students were introduced to 3 new words:

  • Salvation: the act of saving; rescue from harm/danger; save someone who needs help; part of God’s rescue plan
  • Redemption: to buy; to pay off a ransom; have your dept paid so you can be free; to obtain the release of someone by paying
  • Patriarch: the male head of a family (the female head of a family would be a matriarch)

Genesis 12-50 is called “Patriarchal History” and it’s about 4 male heads of an emerging family:

  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Joseph


God launched his rescue plan (salvation) to redeem (buy back, obtain the release of) humanity through a man named “Abram.” Abram lived in Ur of the Chaldees and called call him out of there and told him to go to a land He would show him. Abram obeyed. God promised himself to Abram and said (in essence) 4 things:

  1. You will be a great nation with lots of descendents (People)
  2. You will have a land to live in, the promised land, the land of Canaan (Place)
  3. I, the LORD, will be with you (Presence)
  4. You will be a blessing to the whole world (Blessing)

God’s rescue (salvation) plan was to start with one person and build a family and use the resource of TIME to redeem the world.


Abram (whose name was changed to Abraham) had a son, the promised son, named Isaac. Isaac married Rebekah and they had two twin boys: Esau and Jacob.


Jacob, the second born, obtained the birthright and stole the blessing from Esau and he became the inheritor of the blessing. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, which means one who wrestles with God.

Jacob had twelve sons which become the twelve tribes of Israel. One of those sons is Jacob’s favorite and gets sold into slavery by his other brothers.


Joseph becomes a slave in the land of Egypt. Joseph is faithful to the LORD and ends up running a household, gets accused of acousting the wife of the household patriarch, gets thrown in prison where he is faithful to the LORD and ends up running the jail. Two fellow inmates have dreams that Joseph interprets and come true. The ruler of Egypt, Pharoah, has a dream that needs to be interpreted and Joseph does.

Joseph becomes second-in-charge of Egypt through 7 prosperous years and then 7 years of famine. Because Egypt prepared for the famine across the whole region many come to Egypt for food. Joseph’s family, his father Jacob and his brothers, are experiencing the famine and come to Egypt to buy food. Eventually, Joseph reveals himself to his family and they all end up moving to Egypt to live with Joseph.

This is where the book of Genesis ends: God’s people, the Jacobites (the Israelites) are in the land of Egypt and there are about 70 of them.

God’s redemption plan in moving along quite nicely…

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